World Cup 2018

On a green chessboard
acrobats glide
leap and soar,
twenty-two athletes juggling a single round ball
while the planet holds its breath

All war
all politics
reduced to a contest of champions
on a stadium battlefield
elevated to perfection by
young human giants
at the peak of achievement

For a moment
the music of the ballet
like the tranquility of a running stream
drowning out
the yammering, ranting spew
of the orange mouth
on the other channel.

Stuart Stromin is a South African-American writer and filmmaker, living in Los Angeles. He was educated at Rhodes University, South Africa, the Alliance Francaise de Paris, and UCLA. His work has appeared in Sheila-na-gig online, River River, Alterating Current, The Chaffin Journal, The Garfield Lake Review, Blood Puddles, etc. Read other articles by Stuart.